April 29, 2000: Twenty-Three Hits Beat Rockies

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Date: April 29, 2000
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 13
Rockies: 6
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Jay Payton, Derek Bell, Todd Zeile, Todd Pratt
Key play: Payton’s triple, Bell’s double, Zeile’s singles

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Saturday afternoon in Colorado. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets pounded out twenty-three hits in a 13-6 win.

Rickey Henderson singled against Rockies’ starter Masato Yoshii to lead off the top of the first inning. Derek Bell hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Jeff Cirillo and a single by Edgardo Alfonzo ensued. On his own hit, Alfonzo was out via a throw by left fielder Jeffrey Hammonds to second baseman Mike Lansing to end the inning. Lansing got a one-out single against the Mets’ Rick Reed in the bottom half. Larry Walker followed with a home run to give the Mountain Men a 2-0 lead. Cirillo singled and Todd Helton reached on an error by shortstop Rey Ordonez. Reed then got Hammonds on a grounder to Ordonez for an inning-ending double play.

Robin Ventura doubled to open the top of the second. Todd Zeile hit a double to drive home Ventura and advanced to third base as Jay Payton reached on Lansing’s error. Todd Pratt popped out to Cirillo and a single by Ordonez brought home Zeile to tie the game at 2-2. Reed’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base before Yoshii threw a called third strike past Henderson to close out the inning. The Rockies were then set down in order by Reed in the bottom half.

Yoshii held the Mets to a single by Bell in the top of the third. Reed gave up just a single to Lansing in the bottom of the inning and Zeile singled against Yoshii to begin the top of the fourth. Payton hit a triple to score Zeile and came home on Pratt’s ensuing single. Reed laid down a sacrifice bunt to send Pratt to second base and Henderson drew a walk. Bell singled against Colorado reliever Rich Croushore to drive home Pratt. On the play, Henderson came around to score via an error by catcher Brent Mayne. Alfonzo and Ventura drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Zeile followed with a single to plate both Bell and Alfonzo for an 8-2 Mets lead. Croushore retired Payton on a fly ball to Hammonds to finish off the inning. Reed then yielded only a double Helton in the bottom half.

Pratt got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Ordonez grounded to Lansing for a double play and singles by Reed and Henderson followed. Bell hit a double that brought home Reed and Henderson and scored on Alfonzo’s single for an increase in the Mets’ lead to 11-2. Croushore fanned Ventura for the inning’s final out and pinch-hitter Darren Bragg singled with one out in the bottom half. Tom Goodwin drew a walk and Reed got Lansing to hit a grounder to third baseman Ventura for a double play that ended the inning.

Payton singled against Rockies’ reliever Gabe White with one out in the top of the sixth. Jay advanced to third base on Pratt’s double and came home on Ordonez’s sacrifice fly. White threw a called third strike past Reed to close out the inning and Helton connected for a solo home run with two outs in the bottom half. Hammonds took a called third strike to end the inning and Colorado’s Julian Tavarez gave up only a double to Alfonzo in the top of the seventh. Neifi Perez tripled to lead off the bottom half. Ben Petrick was struck out and pinch-hitter Terry Shumpert hit a single to drive home Perez. Goodwin was called out on strikes and Lansing homered to cut the Mets’ lead to 12-6. Reed then retired Walker on a line drive to Ordonez for the inning’s third out.

Pratt and Ordonez got back-to-back singles against Rockies’ reliever Mike DeJean with two outs in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco grounded out to second baseman Shumpert to end the inning and the Mets’ John Franco pitched a perfect bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jon Nunnally drew a walk against DeJean to open the top of the ninth. Bell was called out on strikes and Alfonzo hit a double on which Nunnally was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Perez to catcher Petrick. Ventura tripled against Colorado’s Mike Myers for the Mets’ twenty-third hit of the game, driving home Alfonzo with the thirteenth New York run. Myers then got Zeile to fly out to right fielder Walker and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Pat Mahomes retired Perez on a pop-up to Ordonez to start the bottom of the ninth. Petrick drew a walk and Shumpert fouled out to second baseman Kurt Abbott. Mahomes then got Goodwin to hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Zeile for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory with a high amount of offense.